New normal, new language

The roller coaster after losing the person at the centre of your life brings all sorts of emotions. Have you found there are some for which there isn’t really a name or description? Not that everything necessarily needs a description. But it can somehow be satisfying of you can put a name to something. In my continuing search for meaning and words that inspire me I came across the Dictionary of Obscure Sorrows. It’s a website and YouTube channel that defines terms for emotions that don’t have a descriptive term.

I think it’s genius and can relate to many of them!

Take nudus tollens, for instance…

nudus tollens

n. the realization that the plot of your life doesn’t make sense to you anymore—that although you thought you were following the arc of the story, you keep finding yourself immersed in passages you don’t understand, that don’t even seem to belong in the same genre—which requires you to go back and reread the chapters you had originally skimmed to get to the good parts, only to learn that all along you were supposed to choose your own adventure.

or xeno


n. the smallest measurable unit of human connection, typically exchanged between passing strangers—a flirtatious glance, a sympathetic nod, a shared laugh about some odd coincidence—moments that are fleeting and random but still contain powerful emotional nutrients that can alleviate the symptoms of feeling alone.

Worth checking out 🙂 –

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